Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Celebration Dinner for 'Uncle' on October 02, 2012

On 2nd October 2012, a group of Andersonians, consisting of members of the former Organising Committee for the Selvamany biography launch, hosted a private dinner in honour of Uncle Selvamany being conferred an honorary PhD in Education by the University of Malaya. The dinner held at the Heritage Room of the Royal Selangor Golf Club, KL was indeed a night to remember.

The “Andersonians Forever” band led by Dato’ Ghazali Yusoff and his brother, Ahmad Ramli, and good friend Aksan was in attendance (including our lead singer Ahmad Sarkawi).

Our history teacher, Eddy Chin dedicated 2 special songs to Uncle Selvamany.
After the dinner, Tan Sri Sallehuddin presented Uncle Selvamany with a photo framed picture of the Convocation ceremony on 1st October.

This was followed by a very emotional speech by our new “Sifu” (read the Citation) that brought tears to many present at the dinner.

As before (the biography launch), our not so virgin MC (now “professional”) Dato Salleh was in top form. The MC ended the dinner in a glorious mood after he shared with everyone how the word MISSISSIPI is being spelt by 2 Italians.

Before we dispersed, we had a group photo taken at the lobby of the RSGC. This private dinner was jointly sponsored by Tan Sri Nuraizah Hamid, Puan Sri Raja Noora Ashikin and Dato’ Salleh Yeop…….many thanks to you all. Also, kudos goes to our technical manager, TS Hau Kiang for arranging this special dinner event….a really memorable night.

Sek Yee

The Convocation Dinner on October 01. 2012

Things have certainly changed since some of us graduated from University of Malaya some 41 years ago! Now, we have a Convocation Dinner!! Still waiting? Your invitation will arrive real soon!

Monday, October 29, 2012

More Pictures from the Convocation on October 01. 2012

Photo Credits: By kind courtesy of University of Malaya

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Citation at the Convocation on October 01, 2012

Dato’ Seri Selvamany N. S. the Tokoh Guru Perak in 1996 and Tokoh Guru Nasional in 1997 was born on 16 January 1926 in Batu Gajah Perak.

He received his early education in Batu Gajah and his tertiary education in Raffles College and later, University of Malaya in Singapore where he did his BA and Diploma in Education. An avid sportsman he played badminton and hockey for Raffles College and the University between 1947 and 1951. He received his AIED from the University of London where he studied from 1964 to 1965. He served as a graduate teacher, and later Head of the Arts Department and Senior Assistant at Anderson School between 1952 and 1972.

Between 1958 and 1962 he was chief examiner for Malayan Studies, University of Cambridge, and from 1968 to 1972 he was chief examiner in English, Federal Examinations Board for the Certificate of Vocational Education.

Dato' Seri Selvamany was not only a graduate teacher but also a genuine educator with a heart overflowing with love for all students without discrimination; each student, for him, is a seed to be tended for a fertile life. Whatever problem of the student, each student under his tutelage he was the educator, the nurturer, the friend to whom one can pour out secrets; there lies his unique personality such that thousands of students felt the sincere love of a dedicated teacher and principal. What was unique, his strong spirit as a teacher has never changed since he first set foot in school and even after his retirement. Indeed, the torch of his life transcends age and working life and daily life. Wherever and whenever he is appreciated as an exemplary teacher.

From his marriage with Datin Seri Poovayee he has two daughters known as Professor Dr Malini Patel and Dr. Nalini Pranu.

Dato’ Seri Selvamany has contributed not only to education but also to the community. Among other posts held, he became vice president of the Old Andersonians Club in 1996; was adviser to the Juvenile Court in Perak from 1983 to 1986 and a life member of the Society for the Promotion of Mental Health from 1998.

This year Selvamany added to his list of achievements when the book titled “Selvamany: More than a Teacher” authored by Prof. Dr. Rokiah Talib from the University of Malaya was launched by DYMM Sultan of Perak on 15th January 2012.

Members of Sekolah Anderson Ipoh, Sekolah Menengah Idris Shah and Sekolah Menengah Seri Teja, Gopeng Perak who have known him and have been taught by him are among those fortunate enough to experience an educator who possesses strong values, sincerity, integrity, mutual respect and cooperation with others without considering race or religion. These are the values he inculcated in his students. It is true that a teacher of great spirit will produce students with good values. Dato’ Seri, your contributions and service to education are impossible to reward even with this award today. Your contributions are not only applied as effective learning like that introduced by renowned educationists such as Gardner, they are also written as a new theory in education called the overflowing kindness of the sifu. Your name Dato’ Seri Selvamany will be written in history. For you sir to sir with love, forever love.

(Note: This is the official translation of the citation read out at the Convocation on October 01, 2012; However, please view the video too for natural tears of joy!)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BREAKING NEWS - "Uncle" Conferred Honorary Doctorate in Education by the University of Malaya on October 01, 2012

Congratulations & Celebrations!

Note: Do look out for more stories and pictures!

Photo Credits:

A Zabanah Production